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How to create a self-care routine that’ll make healthy habits easy to stick to

I’ve got my self-care routine on lock.

I used to STRUGGLE to maintain a self-care routine. Then I gave these tips a try and it improved my discipline and consistency big time.

Below is what I did to finally put together a self-care routine of healthy habits that I’m actually sticking too and getting good results with.

Put these tips to work for you and seriously work them. These steps actually work to improve self-discipline and create a routine.

And this is coming from a woman that used to struggle to have the self-discipline to improve her self-discipline.

There’s hope!

How to create a self-care routine

The power of a well-sequenced routine

What I mean by “well-sequenced routine” is a routine of habits that fit well together and trigger the following habit.

I picked this up after watching a few YouTube videos on establishing new habits (wish I remembered which videos) and it actually worked.

Each healthy habit in my self-care routine is triggered by the one before it.

I do everything in a particular order. The order I do my healthy habits in works to motivate me to do the next one.

This works well for follow through on those days when I really don’t feel like doing my routine. Once I get started on the routine, it’s easier for me to go on to the next healthy habit until my routine is complete.

Putting new habits into a well-sequenced routine makes establishing new habits easier to do because it almost automates them by triggering them with that first habit.

The power of a well-sequenced routine is how easy it can make establishing new habits by using them to trigger each other and ordering them in a way that flows well for you.

Now, let’s get into how you put together one of these well-sequenced self-care routines that’ll make healthy habits easier to stick to.

List the healthy habits you’ll like to do

The first step to creating a self-care routine that’ll make healthy habits easier to stick to is by listing out the healthy habits you’ll like to do.

What are the healthy habits you will like to do during your self-care routine to achieve your goals?

The healthy habits in my morning routine include drinking a glass of water, meditating, scripting, doing my morning walk, and a healthy meal.

Just make a list, but keep it realistic to what you’re able to actually do. I had to catch myself wanting to do all these habits I’ve seen other people do.

And some of them actually didn’t benefit me like I thought they would.

Judge what’ll work best for you instead of depending solely upon if it worked for someone else. Give the habit a trial run and ditch it if it’s too much.

Your routine. Make it work!

You’ll figure out what works and what doesn’t work as you work with your routine. But make that list and keep it true to you and your goals.


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Create a list of the habits you’ll do in the order you will do them and pick when you will do this chunk of healthy habits

Once you’ve got your list of healthy habits you’ll like to establish, list them in the order you will do them in.

Keep in mind which habits will work well together and which habits will work well considering your flow in the morning.

For instance, I’ve listed my daily writing habit to go right after my daily reading habit because they both fit perfectly after my daily journaling and scripting habits. And they all involve me sitting at my desk.

List your habits in an order that feels natural to you and will help them remind you to do the next habit.

Which leads me to my next point: let new habits trigger each other.

Let one new habit trigger the next one

What I’ve found is when new habits are scheduled in a way that they remind me to do the next one, there’s really very little room to “forget” after a bit of practice.

And there’s less of a need to depend on motivation and willpower too. I start with that first habit of my self-care routine and the rest are triggered to get completed.

My habits are set up in a way where they motivate me and trigger me to do the next one without me having to do all the motivating and willpower-ing myself. It’s actually a pretty sweet setup.

To do this, respect the order in which you listed your healthy habits. If the first thing you do in the morning is meditate followed by yoga and a green smoothie, than stick to the sequence and do your meditation, yoga and then green smoothie.

After a while it’ll feel weird to miss one of them without doing the others.

For example, if you at least get in the meditation (even though you woke up not really feeling like following your routine), it’s highly likely you’ll just follow through and get the yoga in too. The yoga will then trigger the green smoothie. And before you know it, you’ve completed your healthy habits you didn’t feel like doing.

Add healthy habits to a habit tracker

List the habits of your self-care routine into a habit tracker and track them until you don’t need to track them anymore.

List these habits in the order that you’ll be completing them and review this list daily to update.

At first, I read my habit tracker every morning and checked off each new habit as I completed them. Now, that I’m more so in established-healthy-habit mode, I do the habits in my routine and then go back and check them off. (I like to still keep track)

Habit trackers do more than motivate you because you’re checking boxes. Habit trackers help you remember each habit and the sequence you’ve put them in until you don’t need to remember to do them because they’re established habits.

Review the habit tracker, and your progress, until you do these habits without needing to read which habit to do.

Then you can keep track of your habits just to see how far you have come and the progress you’re making.

Follow through on this routine one habit at a time

My self-care morning routine of healthy habits is as follows:

  • Meditation
  • Scripting
  • Reading 30 minutes
  • Writing 1,000+ words
  • Dress for workout
  • Workout
  • Shower and dress
  • Eat a healthy keto meal

I sometimes don’t feel like doing it, but once I get started I figure I might as well follow through and complete it.

It is the self-care routine that I follow through on one habit at a time. And I don’t trip about how many things I do in the morning because I take it one habit at a time.

I don’t know if this happens to you, but I’ve realized if I let my thoughts trip about how much I have to do instead of focusing on that one next step, I talk myself out of getting things done.

It helps to think of only the next step or that one habit.

Follow through on your self-care routine by focusing on one habit at a time. This will help you stay motivated to complete your routine.

Conclusion

To improve your discipline in establishing new healthy habits, create a sequence of habits that fit into a routine that works best for your flow and work well together.

After making a list of healthy habits you’d like to establish, list these habits in the order in which you will do them in. Keep in mind which habits will work well together, will trigger the next one, and work well with your flow.

When you batch together your healthy habits into a well-sequenced routine of habits that work well together and trigger one another, you automate healthy habits and improve your chances of sticking to them.

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How to plan your self-care routine

The Power of a Mid-Morning Walk

Working in an office for 8 to 9 hours a day, I’ve come to really appreciate my mid-morning walks. They allow me to get under the sun, breath outside air, break up my sedentary work-day, and think alone.

The biggest benefit I’ve noticed, however, is how much it has helped me be positive, uplifted, and better at managing the stress of my day.

Here are a few other benefits I’ve noticed about mid-morning walks:

  • Lowers stress later in the day – I don’t know why but I do better in traffic if I take a walk in the morning
  • Increases sunlight exposure – Less likely to come home and take a walk at the end of my day, getting my sunlight exposure earlier helps me make sure I get some during the work week instead of only on the weekends
  • Helps with stress management – the sun is good for giving me good vibes. I’ve read in a few places that the sun helps humans release the hormones that make us feel better.
  • Lowers the damage of a sedentary lifestyle – humans aren’t evolutionarily prepared to sit for long periods of time. We are supposed to move. Walking mid-mornings and to get water regularly helps with movement big time.

If you also spend a majority of your day sitting at a desk and notice your mood can definitely use some improvement, try getting outside for a walk. Especially in the morning when the air is crispier. If the weather is permitting, a good mid-morning walk can not only help with your mood but also your health and wellbeing.

4 Ways a Clean Diet and Healthy Lifestyle Will Keep You Looking Young

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Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed more fifty-or-better people hitting social media to show off their age-defying physiques. Mr. Steal Your Grandma, Ernestine Shepard, and Mimi are only a few that have wowed and inspired plenty.

What do they have in common? Healthy diets and healthy lifestyles! They exercise, don’t smoke (to my knowledge), eat healthy, and Mimi even collects her own rainwater for crying out loud.

I want to be like them when I grow up. And I already have a good start. People don’t believe I’m 30 when I tell them so that’s cool right? I’m hoping to age like Gabrielle Union and the other black actresses well into their 40s and 50s looking like they’re in their 20s and 30s. #AgingGoals

Any who… Below are four proven ways a clean diet and healthy lifestyle can help you too tap into the fountain of youth. (You knew the cliché was coming.)

Lowers Chances of Forming Wrinkles 

I often hear maintaining resting bitch face and avoiding too much sun prevents wrinkles. I can still hear my grandma warning me against excessive frowning. Emotional child, I was.

Although these do help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, eating a clean diet and living healthy do much more to reduce wrinkles. A clean diet and healthy choices lower the chances of collagen being broken down during the aging process. Collagen is a protein that’s formation is encouraged with the right nutrients and minerals.

Foods you can eat to reduce or prevent wrinkles include healthy fats, certain fruits and vegetables, and some dairy products. Some of these foods prevent wrinkles by helping in the production of growth hormones while others provide essential nutrients and vitamins. These foods include coconut oil, grass-fed beef, Greek yogurt, eggs, avocados, salmon, and olive oil.

In addition to eating healthy, living healthy also reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Get enough sleep to reduce the production of cortisol – a hormone that also breaks down skin cells. Keep skin thick and elastic by sleeping long and deep enough to produce growth hormone. Not smoking should go without saying. Getting enough sun, but not too much, also helps.

And watch out for that stress. Easier said than done for most, including myself.

Keeps Skin Clear, Reducing Scarring and Hyper-pigmentation

I used to suffer terribly with hyper-pigmentation and irritated skin on my face. Being overweight and borderline diabetic, I developed the common diabetic dark spots on my cheeks, around my mouth, around my nose, and even on my chin. Eating clean and weight loss transformed my skin.

Acne, skin breakouts, and dark spots are not only the result of hormones and birth control drugs. The foods we eat also have a lot to do with how well our largest organ, our skin, functions. Especially the skin on our face. Some foods can also cause breakouts because we’re allergic or experiencing some type of autoimmune effect.

Eating a clean diet reduces most of the main contributors to breakouts like sugar, gluten, hormones in dairy and meat, and additives. A clean diet of wholesome, nutrient dense foods that promote clear skin will include grass-fed and pasture raised, organic animal products and byproducts. Also drink plenty of water.

Not smoking and getting enough sleep also helps with breakouts and dark spots. Other practices include using coconut oil to cleanse skin and apple cider vinegar as a toner. The coconut oil removes germs and puts healthy fat right on the skin. Apple cider vinegar is also good for removing bacteria, oils, and dirt.

Maintains Healthy, Strong Teeth 

Cavities, plaque build-up, and gum disease are a result of too much sugar and poor nutrients. And a struggling set of teeth will age you.

Keep your teeth healthy with a clean diet of nutrient dense foods that encourage your body’s own teeth-protecting functions. Contrary to conventional knowledge, the human body has the ability to heal its own cavities, prevent cavities, and even protect against plaque. Our poor dental hygiene is a result of poor nutrition (highly processed foods) and the consumption of more sugar, flour, and grains.

The work of a dentist, Dr. Weston A. Price, proved a diet high in white flour, sugar, grains, and fruit preservatives caused tooth decay and gum disease. In as early as a generation, Price observed an increase in cavities and weakening of the teeth in populations newly adopting the western diet (high in flours and sweets).

He found poor diets to be a major contributor to poor dental hygiene not because sugar and flour fed bacteria (which is false by the way), but because they contributed to malnutrition and poor health overall.

Keeps Joints, Muscles, and Bones Strong 

I used to date this fifty-year-old that looks mid-thirties in the face, but tapping early seventies in the body. His arms and legs are skinny because he lacks muscle mass. His limbs look stiff and his skin looks thin. And He has a round, bloated belly that isn’t too big, but noticeable enough.

His face, however, has not one wrinkle, he has a beautiful, wide smile, and his skin is smooth and youthful. He even acts young (a little too young in my opinion, which is why we no longer date).

Man. Had. A. Terrible. Diet. Besides drinking up to three beers a day and topping those off with wine, he barely ate a full meal the four months we dated. He mostly ate junk food and if he did eat a meal, it was canned, frozen, or boxed. His body looked like how he ate.

Avoid this by eating healthy, properly managing stress, and making healthy lifestyle choices. The right foods and activities will keep your bones strong, keep your body from tearing down your muscles, protect the health of your joints, and keep your skin moist and elastically youthful.

Conclusion: 

Keeping your skin, hair and teeth healthy from the inside out are proven ways to look much younger as you age. A healthy, nutrient diet, and healthy lifestyle, will reduce (even eliminate) the appearance of wrinkles, keep skin clear, maintain healthy, strong teeth, and keep joints, muscles and bones strong.